8201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1911840.073702 -75.202619
Neighborhoods: Chestnut Hill, Northwest Philadelphia
The Water Was Good – I have been to the Solaris Grille several times, and each time, we hoped the food would improve. The decor is pleasant, and as I read in another review, it's true: you just want the food to be good. The restaurant is close to our house, and the outdoor seating is helpful, as we have a toddler. Each time we went, the food was worse than the previous visit. The vegetarian platter was full of grease: the spring rolls had nothing inside them, the fritters could nearly be wrung out from the grease, there was tasteless hummus with four chips, and I am not exactly sure what else appeared on my husband's plate. I had the Maryland crab chowder and it was overly spicy and tasteless at the same time. I sent it back. The coconut shrimp were just OK, or maybe it was the mustard sauce that saved them. We have also ordered the tuna in the past, I can't describe the taste but it was not good. The nachos are always limp and below average, at best. Service, every time we go, is ridiculously slow. Should it take 45 minutes to get a drink? The place was not full at all. There were three other tables, including ours. At least the waitress was pleasant. We will never, ever return. My husband cooks way better food than this overpriced slop.
Okay – The place was nice, the staff was pleasant but for what we ordered the bill was high. Nothing "over the top" flavor or food wise. Would I go back - maybe, maybe not.
Worst, over priced, scene, – I thought that I would give this establishment another chance since I live down the street and pass it every day. I took my girlfriend and her mother there for sunday brunch because she had the dog with her and we could sit outside. I must say that this restaurant can only be carried by its reputation as a place to be seen. We always note that the night time crowd looks like they are from another part of the city. It certainly cannot be the service or the pretentious over priced food that was mediocre at best. I ordered an eggs benedict for 14 dollars and I got 2 eggs over poached to the point of being solid inside, half a teaspoon of Hollandaise sauce between the two, ham that was luke warm, and two dry Lenders english muffins from Super Fresh. The service was slow and we had to ask for coffee twice. My girlfreind ordered the french toast which was dry and thin and again from Super Fresh supermarket. Her mother ordered the Salmon scrambled eggs--again dry, there seems to be a shortage of water in the kitchen. This terrible meal came to a total of $70. I would recomend that people go to Chestnut Grill for better service and much much better food at better prices. I dont know how long this establishment will float along on its "scene" reputation but I suppose there is a fool born every minute. I also disagree with the practice of the kitchen throwing their garbage over the fence and into the public garden next door. Do not go here if you have any other choice!
Good drinks, Avoid the pretentious overpriced 'bar' food. – The menu is a jumbled mix of weird 'fusion' foods. It is really just typical 'bar food' disguised with pretentious names and flavored with ingredients from the local Asian market.
Dinner was overwhelmingly mediocre. Risotto was a blob of overcooked mush with cheap Sysco cheese and some type of equally overcooked seafood....maybe prawns.....maybe lobster.....most likely chopped up rubber. Service was ok.
Dessert was nice.
Thankfully we bought enough drinks and got buzzed!
It softened the pain of paying for our meal.
good risotto, left thirsty – I went here solo and had to eat at a 4 person table (not too fun). I ordered the risotto of the day, which was very good, a little too cheesy (heavy) but was a good mixture of flavors - asparagus, sundried tomato and spinach. The waitress was not very attentive, I was without anything to drink for half the meal (she never refilled my glass). Price was ok, was crowded outside (nice night) but not too crowded inside. Good location, so-so parking, overall a convenient place to eat something decent if you're shopping on Germantown Ave.
Excellent for out of town guests! – I brought 1 guest from Wyoming and 2 other prominent Philadelphians to the Solaris for lunch. The hostess was glad to meet us and very quickly seated us. Our waitress was pleasant, helpful and quite efficent. We enjoyed the lunches, their special burgers (great taste) and seafood kabobs. Beverage refills came immediately and my guests were very impressed. Definitely a good place to return!
Not as bad as the reviews – I agree that Solaris is a bit overpriced and can be noisy, especially on weekends, but it is really not that bad. The atmosphere is very nice, it's in a great location, and the crabcakes are some of the best I've had. I would give it a try.
Amazingly disappointed – Ate there tonite with my brother, sister and fiance and haven't been so annoyed walking away from a dinner in months. I am working professional in the restaurant industry and if i found out that people at my restaurant had the kind of experience I had at Solaris, i'd fire my whole staff. Slow service, not enough table touches, had to repeatedly ask for refills on beverages, below average food. My fajitas weren't hot but the meat was dry and overdone (amazing), the nachos were bland and cold, the soup took 18 minutes from order to table, my fiance's tuna steak was well done and ordered med rare. the food is simple and direct but comes to the table inconsistent and unappealing. The server was unattentive, when 3 of us asked for more water, she put a pitcher down on the table and let us pour our own. 126 bucks for that. Never again. My disappointment with this experience has driven me to become a Citysearch member just so i can help others stay away....i just wrote a lot and i'm speechless...terrible
Average food, very loud – It is in a cute area on Germantown Ave., but the service was slow and the food was average. Not really worth the money. Also, it was very loud which made conversation difficult.
loud and crowded – i thought the atmosphere was nice. but it was very loud as soon as i walked in. the bar tender was very nice. kudos to him.
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